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Fringe Encores This Weekend at Falcon Theatre

CFF22_Sally Salem logoTwo shows at Fringe had to close most or all of their runs due to cast illness. We were all pretty disappointed about it.

But great news! Due to our partnership with Falcon Theatre, these two shows are getting special Falcon-Fringe encore performances this weekend.

We hope you’ll make it to the Falcon this weekend to catch up on Fringe you may have missed, and to support Fringe artists in this challenging time.

Friday, June 24, at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
SALLY SALEM AND THE SPOOKTACULAR BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA from Zoë Peterson out of Cincinnati, OH.

Sally Salem and the Spooktacular Birthday Extravaganza has Sally and her friends trying to throw a party for her niece and nephew, despite the protests of her conservative sister. They’ll meet ghosts, demons, and the devil himself! An interactive comedy, this play is wrought with themes of love, friendship…and necromancy.

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CF22_Charlotte Van Helsing logoSaturday, June 25, at 1:00 PM
CHAROLTTE VAN HELSING BEFRIENDS A VAMPIRE, A CROW, AND (POSSIBLY) HER OWN FATHER from Emily Borst out of Cincinnati, OH.

Managing family secrets and family expectations, Charlotte Van Helsing sets off to find herself by finding others like her. But when strange things start happening all around her, Charlotte realizes growing up might be a little more than she’d bargained for.

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2022 Picks of the Cincy Fringe Awards Announced

CFF2022 logoIf you couldn’t join us for our triumphant celebration at the end of the Festival on Saturday Night, here are your 2022 Cincinnati Fringe Festival Picks of the Fringe!

  • Spirit of the Fringe Award: CHANGING MY MAJOR TO JOAN from Boris Dansbury
  • Pick of the Digital Fringe: THE DEFINITION ASSOCIATION from Maatology Productions
  • Critic’s Pick of the Fringe: WUTHERING: A Musical on the Moors from Gregory & McWethy
  • The Linda Bowen All Access Pick of the Fringe: THE SEX LIFE OF BUTTERFLIES from Martin Dockery
  • The David C. Herriman Artists Pick of the Fringe: ROSEGOLD from Donna Kay Yarborough
  • The Audience Pick of the Fringe: TEXAS ANNIE: Legend of the Moan Ranger from Jennifer Howd and Maggie Perrino
  • The Dr. Robert J. Thierauf Producer’s Pick of the Fringe: HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF from Your Silent Partner.

A big congratulations to our award winners this year, and all the trailblazing artists who were part of the 2022 Festival. We are so grateful to be a place where your creativity, ingenuity, and joy could shine!

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Performance Options for June 14-17 at Cincy Fringe

CFF2022 logoNew Fringers can be a bit intimidated by the overwhelming number of choices available on the Fringe Show Schedule.

This year performances are scheduled so that you have at least 15 minutes to travel between venues within the Art Academy and Know Theatre.

Below I have broken down your options in each time block. You can choose one show in each block.

For a complete list of performance information, visit my Fringe page or the Cincy Fringe website.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14

CFF22_messes logoBlock 1 (7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • MESSES
  • BE MY THIEF
  • FATHER, DAUGHTER AND HOLY TOAST
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF

Block 2 (8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • TEXAS ANNIE: The Legend of the Moan Ranger
  • THE SEX LIFE OF BUTTERFLIES
  • OUT OF CHARACTER
  • ROSEGOLD

WEDNSDAY, JUNE 15

CFF22_Sexy Sexy Mattress Time logoBlock 1 (7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • SEXY SEXY MATRESSS TIME
  • BE MY THIEF
  • UPLINE – It’s Not a Show, It’s an Opportunity
  • JINKIES!
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL

Block 2 (8:30PM, 8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • SALEM SALLY AND THE SPOOKTACULAR BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
  • DESTINY U.S.A.
  • EXPERI-MENTAL
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF
  • THE REAL BLACK SWANN: CONFESSIONS OF AMERICAN’S FIRST BLACK DRAG QUEEN

THURSDAY, JUNE 16

CFF22_I Confess logoBlock 1 (7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • I CONFESS
  • CHARLOTTE VAN HELSING BEFRIENDS A VAMPIRE, A CROW AND (POSSIBLY) HER FATHER
  • OUT OF CHARACTER
  • ROSEGOLD
  • JUNKMAIL ORACLE

Block 2 (8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • trueFRINGE
  • BE MY THIEF
  • CHANGING MY MAJOR TO JOAN
  • JINKIES!
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL

FRIDAY, JUNE 17

CFF22_Wuthering logoBlock 1 (7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • WUTHERING: A Musical on the Moors
  • CHARLOTTE VAN HELSING BEFRIENDS A VAMPIRE, A CROW AND (POSSIBLY) HER FATHER
  • UPLINE – It’s Not a Show, It’s an Opportunity
  • EXPERI-MENTAL
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL

Block 2 (8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • TEXAS ANNIE: The Legend of the Moan Ranger
  • BE MY THIEF
  • FIRE IN THE METH LAB
  • THE BARN IDENTITY
  • JUNKMAIL ORACLE
  • THE REAL BLACK SWANN: CONFESSIONS OF AMERICAN’S FIRST BLACK DRAG QUEEN

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Performance Options for June 11 & 12 at Cincy Fringe

CFF2022 logoNew Fringers can be a bit intimidated by the overwhelming number of choices available on the Fringe Show Schedule.

This year performances are scheduled so that you have at least 15 minutes to travel between venues within the Art Academy and Know Theatre.

Below I have broken down your options in each time block. You can choose one show in each block.

For a complete list of performance information, visit my Fringe page or the Cincy Fringe website.

CF22_Father Daughter Holy Toast logoSATURDAY JUNE 11

Block I (2pm start time)

  • FATHER, DAUGHTHER & HOLY TOAST

Block 2 (3:15, 3:30pm or 3:45pm start times)

  • meSSeS
  • EXPERI-MENTAL
  • MAKE A F*CKING SHOW YOU P.O.S.

Block 3 (5pm, 5:15pm or 5:30pm start times)

  • WUTHERING: A Musical on the Moors
  • THE SEX LIFE OF BUTTERFLIES
  • CHANGING MY MAJOR TO JOAN
  • ROSEGOLD
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF
  • SADEC 1965: A Love Story

Block 4 (6:45pm, 7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • SEXY SEXY MATTRESS TIME
  • A MORGUE OF THE FORGOTTEN
  • HEDY! The Live & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr
  • THE BARN IDENTITY
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL
  • LAETRES WORD

Block 5 (8:30pm, 8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • AN EVENING WITH KEVIN THORNTON
  • SALEM SALLY AND THE SPOOKTACULAR BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
  • FIRE IN THE METH LAB
  • JINKIES!
  • SOFT
  • THE REAL BLACK SWANN: CONFESSIONS OF AMERICAN’S FIRST BLACK DRAG QUEEN

SUNDAY, JUNE 12

Block I (2pm start time)

  • JINKIES!

Block 2 (3:15PM, 3:30pm or 3:45pm start times)

  • TEXAS ANNIE: The Legend of the Moan Ranger
  • OUT OF CHARACTER
  • THE BARN IDENTITY
  • THE REAL BLACK SWANN: CONFESSIONS OF AMERICAN’S FIRST BLACK DRAG QUEEN

Block 3 (5pm, 5:15pm or 5:30pm start times)

  • MESSES
  • A MORGUE OF THE FORGOTTEN
  • DESTINY U.S.A.
  • EXPERI-MENTAL
  • BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL
  • LAETRES WORD

Block 4 (6:45pm, 7pm or 7:15pm start times)

  • AN EVENING WITH KEVIN THORNTON
  • THE SEX LIFE OF BUTTERFLIES
  • CHANGING MY MAJOR TO JOAN
  • FATHER, DAUGHTHER & HOLY TOAST
  • HELP ME HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF
  • SADEC 1965: A Love Story

Block 5 (8:30pm, 8:45pm or 9pm start times)

  • SILVER HAMMER
  • SALEM SALLY AND THE SPOOKTACULAR BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
  • FIRE IN THE METH LAB
  • ROSEGOLD
  • JUNKMAIL ORACLE
  • MAKE A F*CKING SHOW YOU P.O.S.

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CFF22: My Fringe Show Rankings

CFF22_Rosegold logoUpdated for a little more context: The question I get asked most by people with limited time and resources is, which shows are a “must see.” And I give them my bias answer, based on how I reacted to the shows. That being said, it’s not like I’ve been disappointed by any of the performances I’ve attended this year. Please understand that differences between shows in the rankings can be infinitesimal. And I guarantee everyone’s list is different and just as valid.

And if you do decide to attend, I highly recommend you look at all the options. Aside from the fact that there are still plenty of shows I just haven’t seen yet. If a show sounds interesting to you, I highly encourage you to see it. Grab a friend, split a flex pass and hit three shows. You never know what you might discover. Happy Fringing.
-Rob

Updated 6/20/22

My Rankings

  1. ROSEGOLD
    Donna Kay Yarborough is all-in emotionally in her intense, extremely well-acted one-woman show.
  2. HEDY: The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr
    Heather Massie impresses as Lamarr (and the multiple characters she interacts with) in this engaging show exploring Hedy’s life.
  3. BE MY THIEF
  4. JINKIES!
    Jordan Trovillion & Trey Tatum return as the teen sleuth and her faithful dog companion. Imaginative, clever and funny, JINKIES is an enjoyable sequel completely accessible even if you missed the 2019 original production, ZOINKS!
  5. FIRE IN THE METH LAB
  6. THE SEX LIVES OF BUTTERFLIES
  7. BENT COMPASS
  8. EXPERI-MENTAL
  9. BANNED FROM HEAVEN, BARRED FROM HELL
  10. SOFT
  11. WHISKEY FLICKS LIVE!
  12. THE BARN IDENTITY
  13. A MORGUE OF THE FORGOTTEN
  14. SEXY SEXY MATTRESS TIME
  15. TEXAS ANNIE: The Legend of the Moan Ranger
  16. WUTHERING: A Musical on the Moors
  17. SADEC 1965: A Love Story
  18. UPLINE – It’s Not a Show, It’s an Opportunity
  19. FATHER, DAUGHTHER & HOLY TOAST
  20. DESTINY U.S.A
  21. MAKE A F*CKIN’ SHOW YOU P.O.S.
  22. MESSES
  23. JUNKMAIL ORACLE

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